Review written by Sophie Couard, September 2nd, 2015.
The legendary Casino Barrière in Deauville opened on July 11, 1912, and is one of the most important establishments for gambling in France, with regards of turnover. Designed by architect Georges Wybo, it is located at the Normandy beach and was immortalised in the cult film from Claude Lelouch "A Man and a Woman". In 1988, the classic building had been fully restored to the baroque style by the architect and designer Jacques Garcia. In our review below, you can learn a little more about one of the most prestigious casinos in France.
An exceptional game selection
Let us start our review about the Casino Barrière Deauville by telling you more about the game selection.
The slot machines
There are 365 machines available in the slot machine hall, with bets starting from 1 cent to 20 euros. The room is open from 10 am to 2 am during the week, until 3 am on Friday, and until 4 am on Saturday. You can find the following games:
an Electronic Roulette,
mechanical slot machines with 3 reels,
video slots with 5 reels,
All of these games are distributed over three different games rooms:
a VIP salon,
a room that solely offers video poker,
a room with 50 new latest generation slot machines with bets from 1 cent up to €10.
In short, everyone should find their favourite game here!
The table games
If you prefer playing table games, you will be spoiled here, as the casino offers a unique atmosphere and the games room is just about to become the second most beautiful in France. There is a great selection of games, and they are available from 4 pm to 2 am from Sunday to Thursday, from 4 pm to 3 am on Friday, and from 4 pm to 4 am on Saturday. You can play the following games:
The Casino Barrière in Deauville also has a great poker room, which is open daily from 4 pm, and has buy-ins from €100. This majestic room has a cosy atmosphere, and players can enjoy a view of the sea while playing at 6 tables offering two different variants of the game:
According to regulations in France, access to the games rooms is reserved for adults only, and only if they are not prohibited from gambling. To access the casino, you must present a valid identity document.
Many other activities possible
The Casino Barrière in Deauville has a luxurious atmosphere with chandeliers, marble, velvet and a 20m ceiling. It also offers plenty of other services aside from gambling.
If you want a drink before starting a game session, or between two games you can visit:
the Plaza Café opens at noon, and it can only be accessed by adults not prohibited from gambling upon presentation of a valid ID. This landmark in the heart of the slot machine room offers an attractive menu that includes snacks, smaller dishes, and traditional brasserie dishes.
The O² Sofa Bar is open to everyone from 7 pm. This trendy lounge combines the pleasure of having a drink with friends in a very pleasant atmosphere. You can also enjoy a magnificent 200m² outdoor terrace overlooking the sea.
You can also find 5 restaurants in the establishment:
the Bar de la Mer is ideal for families and larger groups, and you can breathe in the sea air while enjoying cooked seafood prepared in a traditional way: mussels, grilled fish and seafood are prominently featured on the typical brasserie menu that also offers gourmet salads or a plate of salmon.
the Bar du Soleil and its menu had been completely revised, and it also carries its name on the Planches de Deauville. This landmark has a large terrace and its sign indicating the private beach. Decorated in art deco style with yellow and golden mosaics, the restaurant is known for the privileged position and the large seafront terrace that can accommodate up to 300 guests.
the Brummel has a large terrace and invites to taste the maritime cuisine. The menu offers classic brasserie cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. Fish is prepared in a southern style, and pesto, risotto or vegetables are sides of the traditional dishes. The wine cellar is well-stocked and offers a selection of great wines.
the Cercle is situated on a platform overlooking the table games room, and is designed in a similar style. The cuisine includes Italian cuisine with thyme, tomatoes and pine nuts. A Mediterranean touch of the recipes compliments the seasonal produce of the region.
the Ciro's Barrière is located on the Planches de Deauville and offers a nice variety of dishes with sea food and fish.
Three palaces and a hotel
If you are staying for a few days, the Barrière group offers you the option to stay at three palaces in Deauville:
The Normandy Barrière,
The Royal Barrière,
The Hôtel du Golf, located in the heart of the greens.
You pay around €180 minimum for a night's stay at the Royal Barrière. The Normandy is still the most prestigious and regularly welcomes celebrities and wealthy clients.
The Logis Hôtel le Trophée is a little more average and rooms in this 3-star hotel start from €65.
The Brummel nightclub is open Saturday night and evenings before public holidays from 11 pm to 5 am, and also on Fridays during school holidays in Paris. Admission is free. The nightclub is the place to be in Deauville, and the audience is young and create a happy atmosphere.
The Casino Barrière Deauville cinema was used especially during the Deauville American Film Festival. It offers a theatre with 461 seats, and every year around 37,000 movie enthusiasts visit the cinema to watch a movie. The cinema screens 65% French movies and international blockbusters, and 35% arts and independent movies.
If the gaming frenzy does not tempt you, you can also enjoy a show in a small Italian theatre. A theatre in the 18th century style is located inside the Casino Barrière Deauville, and it was inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles. It was inaugurated in 1912 by Vaslav Ninjinski and the Russian ballet. The theatre celebrates art in all its forms, and invites to discover more. Many artists have left their footprints in this space. It is currently the cultural centre of the city of Deauville.
An ideal location by the sea
Located on the Rue Edmond Blanc close to the city centre, and opposite of the beaches of the Channel in Deauville in the Normandy, the casino that is the centre of this review, is on the road from the waterfront close to the Normandy Barrière and the Deauville International Centre.
You can get there by car:
200 km from Paris via the motorway A13,
45 km from Le Havre via the Pont de Normandie bridge,
95 km from Rouen via the motorway A13,
60 km from Caen via the motorway A13.
If you visit by train you can take a daily connection from Paris Saint-Lazare to Deauville-Trouville, which takes about 2 hours. The train station is located just 3 minutes away from the casino.
If you visit by plane, the closest airport is the international airport of Deauville Saint-Gatien, which is 15 minutes away. There is also the Caen-Carpiquet Airport, and the Le Havre-Octeville Airport that are both in 45 km distance.
One of the most beautiful casinos in France
Let us now talk a little bit about the general atmosphere in the Casino Barrière in Deauville. When visiting the establishment you will notice the exterior first. It is absolutely gorgeous and offers beautiful sea views. The building was built in 1912 by architect Georges Wybo, and it has become a marvel of the region. The interior decor is just as nice, and there are large crystal chandeliers, as well as huge carpets. In short, this magnificent building is simply beautiful, and it has become one of the most beautiful casinos in France. The building alone is worth a visit. Even if you do not come to play, you will not be disappointed. You can even enjoy pictures of stars around the hotel.
In addition, the game rooms are beautiful as well, and even if it is a little too crowded on the weekends, you will never feel suffocated, like it might be the case in other casinos that are crowded.
It should also be said that the service is always impeccable. You can expect a very warm welcome with a smile, and a great staff who do everything in their power to make your visit enjoyable.
The traditional atmosphere of Deauville is always waiting for you. However, the dress code is not very strict and everyone can access the casino. The atmosphere is not stuffy at all, but it remains still classy. A small downside is that the audience is not very young.
In conclusion, we can say that the Casino Barrière Deauville deserves its reputation for excellence. Today, the casino is one of the most prestigious gambling establishments in France, and one reason is the magnificence of the buildings. But we should also recognise that the game selection is very attractive, especially if you love table games. The atmosphere is also great, and you can expect an impeccable and professional service.
In short, with the historic character and a perfect location in front of one of the most popular beaches of France, the casino is a must for any respectable fan of casinos.
Slot machine hall: from 10 am to 2 am during the week, until 3 am on Friday, and until 4 am on Saturday.
Table games hall: from 4 pm to 2 am from Sunday to Thursday, from 4 pm to 3 am on Friday, and from 4 pm to 4 am on Saturday.